East Austin is one of the most interesting neighborhoods in Austin. Located immediately east of I-35, it comprises the neighborhoods of Riverside, Dove Springs, Manor, and Mueller.

Originally, there was a giant plot of land (about 700 acres) that needed to be developed. And you know what happens next! Master ownership development programs!

I flinch when I hear “master formed assemblage”. I think insensitive bland monotony. Corporate mottos. Boring residential district. Overly cheerful renderings. Pretty words like forward-looking, sustainable, ownership. All of that jazz.

But with East Austin, it’s separate.

Yes, it’s master-planned. Yes, it’s full of brand new buildings. It is full of big retail shops.

But, East Austin is actually a wonderful place to live. Maybe one of the best neighborhoods in Austin.

True to the promised ideas, it is pioneering. It is a legit neighborhood. It is everything it was supposed to be. Walkable. Supportable. The whole thing.

Safest neighborhoods in Austin – East Austin is almost too perfect. When you first drive-in, you’ll see brand spanking new stuff everywhere. Flats, office parks, townhomes. The woody plants are pretty and cut. In the center, there’s a body of water with all kinds of wildlife. Next to it, you’ll find families sitting around, kids playing, dogs chasing all sorts of things. The stores are neatly implemented and offer a variety of distinctly Austin fare for anyone willing to take a stroll.


Overall, East Austin is more on the ritzy side, but it’s much lower than West Austin and a little cheaper than Hyde Park. With a few roommates, it can be a good value.

  • Studios: $1400+

  • 1 Bedroom: $1500+

  • 2 Bedrooms: $2000+

  • 3 Bedrooms: $2600+


Overall Pros & Cons

  • Pros

    • Superb location

    • Best of everything when it comes to a restful suburban atmosphere mixed with a modern city. It’s the perfect proportion

    • Green areas to play in, take kids & pets around

    • Close to everything

    • Close to I35


  • Cons

    • Apartments can get pricey, but not as much as the Downtown area

    • May feel a bit too commercial enterprisey.

    • More of a quiet community atmosphere than an authentic Austin aura

    • Local shops are mostly just big business concern chains, useful, but without character

What do I think?

Safest neighborhoods in Austin- I think East Austin is a great neighborhood. It’s a neighborhood designed for people, not automobiles. They’re a good mix of flats and houses all in a walkable neighborhood. It’s almost too nice. Everything looks straight out of a master-planned PowerPoint presentation given to sophisticated investors.

But I would be lying if I said I didn’t appreciate it. The farmers market is one of the best I’ve ever been to. I see large numbers of families and people just walking around enjoying themselves, and being happy. It’s a Utopian neighborhood for people who want a quiet small-town feel while still being near the heart of the city. It’s a great blend. While it doesn’t come with the charm and natural personality of Austin, you can’t go wrong here.

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